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Migrant Families Jump Tijuana Border Fence, Head to US

2018-12-30 19:30
Central American illegal aliens climbed over a border fence in Tijuana on Dec. 27, as many grow restless in shelters south of the border to get their asylum claims to U.S. authorities. A series of fences dot the international borderline between Mexico and the United States near Tijuana. The illegal aliens crossing this older section of the fence were met by U.S. Border Patrol officials on the other side. Mexican officials have said as many as 1,000 individuals from the caravan of Central American migrants have hopped or otherwise skirted fences to reach the United States since they arrived at the border city of Tijuana. U.S. President Donald Trump has sought to make it harder to get asylum, claiming criminals are among the migrant group. But a federal court has placed a temporary restraining order on his policy that only permitted asylum claims made at official ports of entry. Under former President Barack Obama a system dubbed "metering" began, which limits how many can ask for asylum each day in Tijuana. Lawyers said Trump is using the system more aggressively to stem the flow at the port of entry.